WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED?
And then today happened. I am FINALLY seeing this as a learning experience. How can I come out of this stronger than before, even if it means a temporary loss of fitness?
Instead of hitting the pool, I decided to do what Dr. PT recommended and what I've been hearing about repeatedly from the MTA, Ben Greenfield, Furman Institute guys, and others via podcasts, blogs, and books.
"YO! AVERAGE RUNNER WOMAN! GET YOUR ASS INTO THE GYM AND PUMP SOME IRON!"
Pre-baby, I lifted weights several times a week. For YEARS I've done this. Not a lot, but enough to stay strong and fit. Post-baby...NADA.
To answer an earlier question, NO, doing a Jillian Michaels workout is NOT the same as lifting weights. That's not bad, though. I think that given limited time and access to a gym, doing Jillian's "No More Trouble Zones" is a fantastic way to work on the core and major muscles groups. No doubt.
BUT, getting back into the weight room today reminded me how much I NEED that time pumping the iron. I'm going to be OH SO sore tomorrow but this is good. I've been so singularly focused on retaining my aerobic fitness because, well, I worked my ASS off for the past SIX months to get in incredible running shape and of course, I didn't want to lose it.
While lifting today, though, I realized that it's o.k. to let some of that go and in exchange, spend more time working on strength. This was a critical component of training that I was missing out on and I see now how this can play a role in injury prevention.
SHAKE UP: While doing single leg hamstring curls, I found that my right leg is about 30% STRONGER than my left (injured) leg. I was completely shocked when I switched from my right to left ham and found such a drastic difference in strength. Why would that be? Surely, this is not good and could have been one of the factors contributing to my left leg injury.
I spent a good hour working on different muscles while also working in my PT exercises. I think with a bit more experimentation, I can get a decent routine put together that will cover the basics in 30 minutes.
As y'all know, especially moms with limited child care, there is only so much you can fit into 24 hrs. So, spending time lifting weights means I have to sacrifice something else: cardio training. Before today, I did not want to sacrifice that for anything but now, I think I can work it out where I can fit some cycling in with the weights.
So beginning next week I'm going to step away from getting full cardio in each day. Instead...
Mon/Wed: 30 minutes on stationary bike + 30 minutes weight training
Tues/Thurs: Swim + DVD at home in evening, as time/energy permit
Fri: DVD and/or core/band/ball/weight workout at home, as possible